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Post: #1   PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:24 am Reply with quote
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Quick question - I need to change my UK licence for a CY one and see that they first give you a paper one to cover until your Photocard one is ready - anyone know roughly how long until you get the card one?
As the paper one they say can only be used in Cyprus and shortly I will be going back to UK for holiday and obviously will need a licence to hire a car...
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Post: #2   PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:51 am Reply with quote
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renewed my license this month they told me to wait 5 days last year I went on holiday to UK with my cyprus driving license and hired a car from the airport were they asked for an address which I had not realised was not on my license here, they excepted my daughters UK address
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Post: #3   PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:55 am Reply with quote
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pipkins wrote:
Quick question - I need to change my UK licence for a CY one and see that they first give you a paper one to cover until your Photocard one is ready - anyone know roughly how long until you get the card one?
As the paper one they say can only be used in Cyprus and shortly I will be going back to UK for holiday and obviously will need a licence to hire a car...


It's quite quick. A week max I would say for a normal change. You usually get a text, all in Greek with T.O.M. at the top, telling you to come pick it up.

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Post: #4   PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 1:33 pm Reply with quote
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I changed mine and had to wait over 3 weeks and that was two months ago.
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Post: #5   PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 2:13 pm Reply with quote
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wilkykw wrote:
I changed mine and had to wait over 3 weeks and that was two months ago.


That seems excessive. I let my UK licence expire at 70 before I went to exchange it for a Cypriot one. They had to send a copy of it to Nicosia, who then contacted DVLA in the UK to verify my details. Despite that I had my new card in just under 4 weeks.

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Post: #6   PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 2:14 pm Reply with quote
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My wife renewed her Cypriot licence last week and was told that the New card one would be ready in a month..

All you can do if it doesn't arrive in time is to take the piece of paper.. It is a licence. Also you maybe have a copy of the last plastic card one you had..
If you don't then your insurance company usually have a copy..
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Post: #7   PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2019 8:23 am Reply with quote
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Thank you all for taking the time and helping me out.
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Post: #8   PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2019 2:20 pm Reply with quote
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One further point, the temporary license is only valid in Cyprus.

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